The Phillies entered Game 5 with the chance to win their second World Series title in franchise history and their first in 28 years. The forecast did not look good as heavy rain would enter the area later in the evening hours.
The Phillies sent Cole Hamels to the mound to try and secure the victory. After sending the Rays down in order in the top of the first, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs to bring up Shane Victorino. The Phillies center-fielder came up clutch with a line drive to left field that scored Jayson Werth and Chase Utley to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
It would remain that way until the fourth inning when Carlos Pena doubled to right field with one out. That brought Evan Longoria to the plate who singled home Pena to cut the Phillies lead to 2-1. It was the first hit of the series for both Pena and Longoria.
The rain began to fall but play kept going. After a Carlos Ruiz single and an unsuccessful Cole Hamels sacrifice bunt, Rays starter Scott Kazmir walked the bases loaded with two outs to bring Chase Utley to the plate. Kazmir would avoid the catastrophe as he induced a ground ball to second base to escape.
The rain began to pick up as the ground crew was out after every half inning with more sand and quick-dry to try and keep the field playable. In the top of the sixth inning, it was monsoon-like rain but play continued. Hamels got two quick outs but B.J. Upton legged out an infield single to keep the inning alive. Upton then stole second but slid through a major puddle that should've stopped the game. Carlos Pena then singled to left that scored Upton to tie the game.
After a passed ball, Hamels got Longoria to fly out to center field to end the threat. Following the fly out, the umpires congregated and crew chief Tim Tschida sent the game into a rain delay midway through the sixth inning. Major League Baseball would then suspend the game for the night until the weather cleared.
With the game tied at 2 and the World Series within grasp, Philadelphia waited.
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